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Sports teams worldwide ranked by average annual pay per player 2018/19

The statistic ranks sports teams from all over the world by the average pay per player in the 2018/19 season. The FC Barcelona of the NBA had the highest average player salary with players making an average of 12.28 million U.S. dollars in 2018/19.

Sports teams worldwide by average annual pay per player in 2018/19 (in million U.S. dollars)*

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Source

Release date

December 2019

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

2018/19

Supplementary notes

* 333 teams in 17 major pro leagues from 13 countries comprising 9,731 athletes were covered for the study. Average annual pay is calculated from base player salaries from current or most recently completed seasons from each sport. All figures converted to U.S. dollars.
MLB, MLS: 2015; NBA, NHL: 2014/15; NFL, CSL (Chinese Super League, soccer), NPB (Nippon Professional Baseball), AFL (Australian Football League) and CFL (Canadian Football League): 2014; EPL, La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga and SPL: 2013/14; IPL (Indian Premier League, cricket): Annual pay extrapolated from 2014 tournament

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